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Then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July 2016

Manafort's attorneys complained that they were struggling to prepare for his trial because Manafort was being held in the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia, more than two hours from Washington, D.C.

Ellis will hear arguments next week on Manafort's request to postpone the Alexandria trial as well as his bid to have the trial moved to Roanoke or Richmond, Virginia, where his lawyers say press coverage has been less intense.

In a separate footnote, prosecutors noted that Manafort has several "VIP" privileges at the prison he's in, including a large, private unit, his own bathroom and shower, his own phone, a personal laptop, and his own workspace to prep for trial.

The developments came as Manafort gets closer to two trials where he will defend himself against a number of charges ranging from bank fraud to failing to register as a foreign agent for lobbying work for pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine.

In ordering his transfer to Alexandria, Judge T.S. Ellis wrote, "The professionals at the Alexandria Detention Center are very familiar with housing high-profile defendants including foreign and domestic terrorists, spies and traitors".

Manafort has even "developed a workaround" to send emails, which prisoners normally would not be allowed to do, according to prosecutors.

As for listening in on Manafort's phone calls, Nanavati wrote: "Armed with personal conversations between Mr. Manafort and his family, the special counsel selects snippets to support its version of events". A federal judge agreed to move Manafort closer to the capital.

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Though Manafort's lawyers have said he spends almost all of his days in solitary confinement, prosecutors described his living arrangements as a "private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates' units" with its own bathroom and shower. The judge added that Manafort's "access to counsel and his ability to prepare for trial trumps his personal comfort".

Prosecutors said that at the time Manafort was jailed June 15 and at multiple times since, they have offered to help if there are any issues with the jail location or conditions. Despite saying in monitored phone calls that he is being treated like a "VIP" while behind bars, Manafort's lawyers have argued that they can not properly prepare for a trial scheduled to start this month with a client jailed two hours outside of Washington, D.C.

Prosecutors working for the special counsel in the Russian Federation inquiry, Robert Mueller, suggested to Ellis this week that Manafort was trying to delay the Virginia case so that he would face the charges in Washington first.

In recent phone calls, they say, Manafort also has said he has "all my files like I would at home" and has "gone through all the discovery now".

Manafort has been held at Northern Neck after a judge revoked his house arrest last month. "When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted", the prosecutors said.

"Mr. Manafort is innocent and nothing about the latest allegation changes our defense", Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni said. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. More recently, investigators charged that Manafort had tampered with witnesses in the lobbying case.

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